Enterprise isn’t just about being the next Alan Sugar (although you might want to be – and that’s great!) Sure, if you look up enterprise in the dictionary you’ll see:
Enterprise is the activity of managing companies and businesses and starting new ones.
But did you know you’ll also see:
Enterprise is the ability to think of new and effective things to do, together with an eagerness to do them.
Enterprise is applying creative ideas and innovations to practical situations – a skill set that will help your career whether you have ambitions of one day running a huge company, becoming a freelancer or actually you’re still working it all out. And the great news is there are lots of ways you can start to develop those skills and gain support here at University.
Masood Enterprise Centre
The Masood Enterprise Centre is a great place to start no matter whether you’re already bursting with an idea for your future enterprise or want to be inspired by creative business minds. Amongst other things they offer:
- Taught elective units that introduce Enterprise to assistance with turning ideas into reality.
- Guest speakers throughout the year. November’s is Jo Fairley, founder of Green and Black’s and this academic year you can also be inspired by Cath Kidston and Griff Holland the founder of Friska.
- Start-up Spotlight series. These informal events show it’s not just about the big brands. The events generally consist of a short presentation from a start-up entrepreneur followed by Q&As. This month it’s Josh Robson and Naeem Shabir who created their Manchester-based company, Intergalactic Gaming, whilst in their final year at University.
- Competitions to get your ideas flowing and funds to help them become a reality.
The Careers Service has also started an Enterprise Club for those students who might want to take a different approach to their career. Run via a Facebook group, it’s a chance to connect with like minded students and find out about events they’ll be running. Take a look at their recent video series where recent Manchester graduates talk about setting out on their own in a range of ventures.
the careers service also has lots of practical advice and support about working for yourself.
One of the largest student societies in the UK, Manchester Entrepreneurs organise a wide range of events and networking opportunities to help you develop the skills and confidence to start up on your own or make connections with existing start-ups. Take a look at their various programmes and events.
Entrepreneurial skills can give you the confidence to try out new ideas, take risks, and explore different opportunities. And all these events and activities are a great way to network and meet people – you might be inspired to start something of your own, work for a start-up or simply take the skills and ace interviews for whatever you chose to do!